Friday, December 15, 2017

2017 Rabbit Validation Reminders



RABBIT VALIDATION     
Saturday, December 16th
Hendrickson High School9:30AM - 1:00PM
(Go to the back of the High School. Look for the greenhouse, the Ag Class Rooms are in the building right by the greenhouse.)

REMEMBER:
- Please bring your own blankets for your rabbit entries.
- The only paperwork you need to bring filled out with your project is the TCYS Liability Waiver  found at this link 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

2018 Scholarship Opportunity Reminders

Currently posted Scholarship Opportunities (Click on the following titles to be taken to the original post):


 Scholarships Opportunities to look for in the Spring:

  • Travis County Youth Show (TCYS) Scholarships
  • Travis 4-H Scholarships
  • Major Show Scholarships

2018 Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarships

The 2018 Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship applications, guidelines, and examples are posted on the State 4-H Scholarship page.  If you missed out on the Scholarship Overview (Travis County) or the Scholarship Workshop (TAMU) and you have any questions about the scholarships or applications, please contact the Travis County Extension Office at 512-854-9600 orMLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu.  We’ll be happy to assist you.  

The timeline and deadlines for the Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship in Travis County are:

  • November/December – youth need to complete the FAFSA
  • December 31, 2017 – First Draft of Scholarship application is due to Mellanie (Word Doc via email)
  • January 22, 2018 – Final Draft (original, hard copy, with all paperwork complete) due to Mellanie in the Extension Office
  • February 2, 2018 - scholarships applications are due to District 10 Office
  • February 16, 2018 - scholarship applications are due to the State Office
  • April 13, 2018 – Applicants will be notified if they have been selected for an interview
  • May 4-6, 2018 – Interviews take place in College Station
  • June 12, 13, &/or 14, 2018 – Awards Assemblies/Banquets in College Station (State Roundup Attendance is mandatory)

Capital Farm Credit Outreach Grant Programs

Below is the information for the Capital Farm Credit Community Outreach Grant Program and the “What Agriculture Means to Me” Video Contest.

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Capital Farm Credit is committed to the communities we serve. As the largest agricultural lender in Texas, we have a unique opportunity to make a real difference.  A big part of our mission is to help rural areas grow and thrive by providing farmers and ranchers with the capital they need to make their businesses successful. By providing support at the local level, we're helping invest in the vibrancy of rural communities throughout Texas.

Community Outreach Grant
In 2018, Capital Farm Credit is unveiling a brand new Community Outreach Grant Program.  The program is designed to provide grants to Texas FFA chapters and 4-H clubs that have developed a project to better their community. The grant will range from $500-$1000; dependent on the proposed budget of the chapter. Funds will be awarded to assist club and chapter members in bringing positive change by establishing projects that make local communities better places to live.  Each proposal will be reviewed and scored by a grant review team.

The applications for Community Outreach Grants are available here, and the deadline for applications is March 1, 2018. All applications should be emailed to grants@capitalfarmcredit.com.   FFA Chapters or 4-H Clubs will be notified no later than April 1 if they’ve been awarded a grant. 

If you have questions regarding this grant program please contact grants@capitalfarmcredit.com

Video Contest
Each year, to celebrate Ag Day, Capital Farm Credit holds a contest for high school aged 4-H and FFA in Texas.  Students create a 30 second video to tell us “What Agriculture Means to Me” and uploads the video link to enter.  Winners are determined by online voting.  The video that receives the most online votes wins that high school student a scholarship, and their 4-H or FFA Chapter will also receive a donation.

    • First Place Student: $2,500 & their chapter receives $1,500
    • Second Place Student: $1,500 & their chapter receives $1,000
    • Third Place Student: $1,000 & their chapter receives $500
    • Corporate Selection: $1,000 & their chapter receives $500 (This is a new category this year. We will have a panel of judges to identify a video based on effectiveness of message and quality of video.)

Students can begin creating their video at any time, but they will not be able to upload or start receiving votes until February 1, 2018.  The contest ends on Ag Day, March 20, 2018. Stay tuned for a link to upload videos.

Capital Farm Credit is committed to supporting rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.  But we’re also committed to supporting the people and organizations who will continue the proud traditions we hold so dear.  

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

T-N-T Swine Showdown in Cuero, Texas



2018 Refashion Retreat




Registration for Re-Fashion retreat is open!  4-H members in 3rd-12th grade can register to attend the retreat on February 9-11, 2018. Specialist, agents, and members of the Clothing and Textiles advisory board will be leading educational sessions throughout the weekend. Each camper will create a refashion project with items they purchase at the local Good Samaritan Ministries during the retreat. 



2017 New Years Classic Show - Nocona, Texas



Hotel information in Nocona:


Other things to do:




2017 Grayson County Fur and Feather Show - late entries

The Grayson County 4-H Fur and Feather Committee would like to invite youth from Travis County to participate in the Grayson County Fur and Feather Show on Saturday, December 16th at the Loy Lake Show Grounds in Denison, Texas. There are multiple events for participation!



They are now taking late entries for all shows and contests, excluding food challenge. All events are now double the cost ($6 per entry).

Registration can be completed online at https://grayson.agrilife.org/furandfeathershow or paper copies can be brought to the show.

Here are the entry totals so far:
  • Rabbit Show - 71 rabbits
  • Rabbit Showmanship - 19 youth
  • Cavy Show - 2 cavy
  • Cavy Showmanship - 0 youth
  • Poultry Show - 45 Chickens / 5 ducks
  • Poultry Showmanship - 10 youth
  • Egg Show - 14 entries
  • Costume Contest - 10 youth
  • Photography Contest - 19 photos
  • Youth be the Judge - 9 youth
  • Breed ID Contest - 15 youth
  • Food Challenge - 4 teams (CLOSED - no late entries)
  • Rooster Crowing Contest - 3 roosters

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Upcoming December 2017 Reminders

We hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving Break and are getting excited for Show & Contest Season!  Today is a little bittersweet as we celebrate our favorite 4-H Administrative Assistant, John, and wish him a happy retirement.  His official last day with us will be tomorrow; he will be here until 2:00 PM.  Our lovely front desk Administrative Assistant, Julissa, will be helping us out a little as we transition through December and post John’s position.  *sniffle* With that in mind, please be patient with our office through this transition and we’ll let you know of any updates! 


TCYS Reminders
  • Bake Goods Entries – another reminder that recipes must be submitted online by tonight at 5pm! This form will come down at this time and there will be no option for exhibitors to submit past 5pm.  http://traviscountyyouthshow.org/page.aspx?ID=2357 

  • Poultry Pick-ups will be Friday, December 1, 2017 
    • Location: Lanier High School (1201 Payton Gin Rd) at the back of the school, nearest to the Ag Shop. 
    • Time: 3pm-7pm
    • Please remember to bring your own boxes for transportation. TCYS representatives will be there and will write down wing band numbers for our reference. 


Major Show Entries
  • ·        We are putting the final touches on entering everything online and getting the physical copies postmarked
  • ·        We are going to do another deposit next week; there are a couple of people who overpaid for entries, so we will be processing their refunds.  Please be patient with us since we won’t have John to make this as efficient as usual
  • ·        We’ll send out more reminders to youth entered in contests to bring their indemnity forms the day of the contests as we get closer  to the shows


Tour Guide Opportunities


District 10 Roundup
  • ·        The District 10 office is processing through entries and finalizing volunteer schedules at this time
  • ·        I am sending out a couple of emails for individuals who need to resubmit their entries so we can assist the District with this
  • ·        Once everything is finalized, I will send out emails to volunteers and reminders for parents next week
  • ·        Agents will be out of the office to facilitate the District 10 Roundup December 7th - 9th


College Tips with Collegewise – we have a presenter who is a college counselor and former 4-H’er providing a workshop on building resumes and navigating the college application and scholarship process at 6:30 PM on Monday, December 4th, at the Extension Office.  Please let us know you are coming by signing up here.  More information is available at: http://travis4h.blogspot.com/2017/11/2017-workshop-college-admission-tips.html


As a reminder, our 4-H Agent, Mellanie, will be out of the office November 30th through December 6th for meetings and a family event.  She’ll be checking her emails periodically, but may not be able to respond immediately.  Once she gets back to town on December 6th, she’ll be following up on items and preparing to go to Kerrville December 7th - 9th to assist at the District 10 Roundup.


Below is a list of upcoming opportunities and links to more information:

TRAVIS COUNTY EVENTS

Date of Event Deadline to Apply Name of Event
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 11/29 TCYS Youth Fair Recipes due online by 11:59 PM
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 NA John's retirement lunch at the Extension Office
Friday, December 01, 2017 12/1 San Antonio School Tour Sign-ups due
Thursday, November 30 - December 6 NA Mellanie out of the office - will periodically check emails and send reminders
Monday, December 4 NA College Admission Tips with Collegewise - 6:30 PM at the Extension Office 
Saturday, December 02, 2017 NA Rabbit Showmanship Clinic at Akins High School 10:00 AM
Saturday, December 16, 2017 TBA Rabbit Validation - Hendrickson HS - Hamann Agriculture Complex  9:30 a to 1p
Monday, December 18, 2017 NA Travis County 4-H Photography Workshop - 6:30 PM at the Extension 

DISTRICT 10 EVENTS

Date of Event Deadline to Apply Name of Event
Friday, December 8-9, 2017 11/9 District 10 Fall Roundup Events - be sure to see the contest changes! Reg. starts 10/24
Friday, February 02, 2018 1/22 - 2/1 District 10 Photography Contest (in 4-H CONNECT)
Thursday, April 19-21, 2018 TBA District 10 Spring Roundup Events - be sure to see the contest changes!

EXTERNAL COUNTY, STATE,  AND NATIONAL EVENTS

Date of Event Deadline to Apply Name of Event
Saturday, December 02, 2017 TBA Coastal Bend Classic Clinic & Show
Saturday, December 02, 2017 TBA Guadalupe County Sumo-Bot Contest
Saturday, December 16, 2017 11/18 2017 Coryell County 4-H Jackpot Show
Saturday, December 16, 2017 12/16 Winterfest Extravaganza - Moore County (Dumas) 
Friday, January 5-7, 2018 12/22 Teen Retreat at the Brownwood Center 
Saturday, January 6-7, 2018 12/17 West Region 4-H Shooting Sports Coach Training (San Angelo)
Saturday, March 03, 2018 12/22 2017-2018 Gear Robotics Participation 
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 10/23 Youth in Action Awards Ceremony in Washington DC
April 1-15, 2017 4/15 State Texas 4-H Photography Contest Rules & Guidelines 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

2018 Upcoming Scholarship Reminders

Currently posted Scholarship Opportunities (Click on the following titles to be taken to the original post):


 Scholarships Opportunities to look for in the Spring:

  • Travis County Youth Show (TCYS) Scholarships
  • Travis 4-H Scholarships
  • Major Show Scholarships

2018 Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarships

The 2018 Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship applications, guidelines, and examples are posted on the State 4-H Scholarship page.  If you missed out on the Scholarship Overview (Travis County) or the Scholarship Workshop (TAMU) and you have any questions about the scholarships or applications, please contact the Travis County Extension Office at 512-854-9600 or MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu.  We’ll be happy to assist you. 

The timeline and deadlines for the Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship in Travis County are:

  • November/December – youth need to complete the FAFSA
  • December 31, 2017 – First Draft of Scholarship application is due to Mellanie (Word Doc via email)
  • January 22, 2018 – Final Draft (original, hard copy, with all paperwork complete) due to Mellanie in the Extension Office
  • April 13, 2018 – Applicants will be notified if they have been selected for an interview
  • May 4-6, 2018 – Interviews take place in College Station
  • June 12, 13, &/or 14, 2018 – Awards Assemblies/Banquets in College Station (State Roundup Attendance is mandatory)



Upcoming Nov/Dec 2017 Reminders: Dates and Eligibility Checks

Upcoming Program and Deadline Reminders:

Eligibility Check & Club Attendance Reminders


This is a reminder for our parents and exhibitors that our office will be asking schools to verify eligibility in early December and January for those participating in TCYS.  We will continue checks throughout the spring for those participating in other events. Parents, please actively check your child’s grades.  Exhibitors, please be aware of your grades and work on them with your teachers now if there is a concern.

We want to remind everyone that the Extension Office and Agents do NOT make any decisions regarding school eligibility; your school registrar checks a box stating whether or not you are eligible.  Please keep in mind that some of the schools can’t provide this information until their grading period ends in January – right before TCYS.  We will do our best to notify you immediately via email if you are marked as ineligible, but please keep in mind this is based on when your school returns the form to us.

Please also be aware that TCYS will also ask our office to verify that you have attended at least 50% of your 4-H Club’s meetings since August of 2017.  We will be asking your Club Managers to verify this using their sign-in sheets. 


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 512-854-9600 or MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu

Monday, November 20, 2017

Travis County 4-H Photography Workshop: Monday, December 18, 2017

2018 Texas Farm Bureau Scholarship Opportunities

There are Scholarship Opportunities available through the Texas Farm Bureau!  

The following information that is now available on the Texas Farm Bureau website.

There are several scholarship opportunities provided by Texas Farm Bureau. Three of the available scholarship programs are for high school students who have not yet graduated:

1. TFB District Scholarship - (39 scholarships available at $1,000 each) & (13 scholarships available at $1,500 each)

2. TFB Young Farmer & Rancher High School Scholarship - (13 scholarships available at $1,000 each)

3. TFB Dick Mitchell Memorial Scholarship - (1 scholarship available at $1,000)

This year the scholarship application process is online through a new portal called MyTFB. All information for the scholarships can be found on the Texas Farm Bureau website under the Youth Opportunities page. This includes deadlines, individual scholarship rules, eligibility, awards and the link to MyTFB. The direct link to the Youth Opportunities page is http://texasfarmbureau.org/youth/youth-opportunities/

All students applying for the above scholarships must be a member of a Texas Farm Bureau family, with membership remaining current during the duration of the scholarship. To become a Texas Farm Bureau member go to the following link: https://my.texasfarmbureau.org .  
Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) is providing a complimentary membership to each of the more than 1,500 4-H clubs across the Lone Star State.

Click on “Don’t have a Membership” located within the “Sign Up” box on the MyTFB website.

All scholarship applications must be submitted online no later than midnight March 1, 2018. All applicants will be notified of the results by May 1, 2018.

The scholarships listed above represent a part of the total scholarship funds offered by Texas Farm Bureau. Other scholarship programs, including the Free Enterprise Speech Contest, will be announced later. You are encouraged to make eligible students, and their parents aware of these opportunities. If you have any questions, contact me at 254-399-5037 or mbalko@txfb.org.

2018 Houston Junior Market Lamb Scholarship (Hildebrand Scholarship)

2018 Houston Technical Scholarships

2018 Rodeo Austin (STAR of Texas) School Tour Guides

4-H youth in the 9-12 grades may volunteer to serve as a school tour guide at Rodeo Austin. Youth will need to commit their entire day from approximately 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM to serving in this leadership role and must be academically eligible to be excused from school in March. 

The dates this year include March 19-23, 2018.  Rodeo Austin expects over 6,000 attendees and will need approximately 75 tour guides per day to handle the classes.  We will receive a confirmation of sign-ups and more specific information for tour guides at the end of February.  

Youth must register for their day of choice by noon on Friday, December 22, 2017. Once you sign up, you are fully committed to that date, so be sure to triple check your schedule before signing up.

Click here to sign up as a tour guide!  A copy of your selection(s) will be emailed to the address submitted in the form.

Junior MasterChef is Casting !

Saturday, November 18, 2017

2017 Workshop: College Admission Tips with CollegeWise

We have a cool opportunity for our youth and parents who have inquired about applying for college and other scholarship opportunities!  Join us on Monday, December 4, 2017, at 6:30 PM to talk about how to use your 4-H experience to your advantage.  We would love to see our 9th through 12th graders and answer any questions you have!  Let us know you are planning to attend by signing up here.



Friday, November 17, 2017

Teen Leadership Retreat












2017-2018 TTV GEAR Robotics Registration


GEAR Robotics Participation Registration is Now Open!

Welcome to the 2017-2018 TTU GEAR Robotics tournament season. We have an exciting season ahead of us. Dr. Karp is back from South Africa and we are delighted to have her back at the helm. Exciting additions have been made this season to help accommodate your scheduling and travel needs. This year, in addition to tournament sites being held at Texas Tech University and Midland, there will be an additional tournament site hosted by Frenship ISD in Wolfforth, Texas. We also offer a Virtual GEAR competition, in case you don’t want to travel at all or have teams that cannot make any of the tournament dates. To find out more about Virtual GEAR, please check out our website: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/coe/stem/gear/virtual.php


To participate in GEAR 2018, you must register your teams at https://goo.gl/forms/21r7v4lunmiMYBlo1.  Registration closes December 22, 2017. Through this registration you inform us that you will be participating in GEAR this year and indicate which tournament site you will be attending. You may select only one. (In addition, you may register 2 Virtual GEAR teams on the Virtual GEAR website mentioned above). The information you provide will help us plan this year’s activities and make preparations. THIS IS NOT YOUR GAME DAY REGISTRATION. The Game Day registration will be sent out at a later time.

Site Locations:
You may select the site that best accommodates your travel and scheduling needs, but each site will have limited registration space available. We strongly recommend that you choose the tournament site closest to you.
  • The Texas Tech University site will be limited to 100 elementary and 100 middle school teams
  • Midland will limit registration to 100 teams total
  • Frenship ISD will accommodate 50 teams total
Each team must have a minimum of 3 students per team. A school/robotics program can participate with a maximum of 8 teams. We need the estimated number of participating teams for planning purpose only. You will have to confirm the exact number of teams participating in game day later.
Trial Run and Game Day Tournament Site Dates:
Location
Trial Run Date
Game Day Date
Texas Tech University
March 3, 2018
April 7, 2018
Midland ISD, Midland
March 3, 2018
April 14, 2018
Frenship ISD, Wolfforth
March 24, 2018
April 14, 2018


TTU will be hosting a joint kickoff event for all participants on the TTU campus on February 10, 2018. Winning teams from all three locations will qualify for playoffs at TTU in Lubbock.


This year’s challenge teaser:


For more information about GEAR Robotics go to https://www.depts.ttu.edu/coe/stem/gear/ .

Keep in mind that this is NOT a 4-H sponsored event, so they will follow the general GEAR rules found here:  http://www.gearrobotics.org/  (at the time of this posting, their website was down, so check back).  The new game rules are typically released in mid-February.